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Trio to present classical papers this spring in U.S., Canada

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) is headquartered at Monmouth College.
Two Monmouth College classics students and one professor will present scholarly papers over the next four weeks – a testament to the program’s national reputation.

Emma Vanderpool ’17 of Frankfort, Ill., will present three separate papers at conferences in New Hampshire, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

In Canada, Vanderpool will be joined as a presenter by Daniel Hintzke ’18 of Colona, Ill., and Assistant Professor of Classics Bob Holschuh Simmons. They will all speak at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South on April 6-9 in Kitchener, Ontario. The meeting is the second largest professional classics conference in North America.

“The Classics Department is enormously proud that Daniel and Emma are two of only 11 undergrads presenting scholarly papers at CAMWS,” said Simmons.

Prior to traveling to Canada, Vanderpool will present papers at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of New England in Exeter, N.H., to be held March 17-18, and then at the Eta Sigma Phi (the National Honorary Classical Fraternity) National Convention, to be held March 24-26 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The paper Emma will present at the Eta Sigma Phi convention was selected from among a group of the most exceptional undergraduate classics scholars in the nation, and this is the third consecutive year at which a paper of hers has been accepted,” said Simmons.

Vanderpool will present “The Aeneid and Social Network Analysis” in New Hampshire and “The Medieval Transformation of Caesar’s Invasion of Britain” in Michigan.

In Canada, Vanderpool will present her paper “Hildebrand, Virgil and Brutus the Trojan.” Hintzke will present “Anakin Rex and Vader at Colonus: The Influence of Sophocles on George Lucas’ Tragic Hero.” Simmons’ paper is titled “The Sociology of Leaders ‘Befriending’ Followers in Late Fifth-Century Athens: Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis.”

The Monmouth Classics Department has a national reputation for offering a personalized, broad and rigorous program for students who major or minor in Latin, Greek or classics. Students take traditional courses in the languages of Latin and ancient Greek, and they can also study the history, mythology and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

Simmons said that in addition to the academic talents of the students, support from the College is also a key.

“The College has provided financial assistance that makes it possible for exceptional students like these to share their work with professional scholars and, in the process, make Monmouth look great,” he said.